Ban the use of farrowing crates for pigs

Ban the use of farrowing crates for pigs

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Jacob Warhurst started this petition to DEFRA and

Dear all,

To begin the petition I must say that pigs are not stupid, they experience almost all the emotions we do and have a cognitive ability that far exceeds that of cats or dogs. Pig IQ If your dog tasted like pork

Now that is clarified, I can begin the petition. In 1999, the use of gestation crates was banned in the UK. Veal and gestation crate ban dia.org/wiki/Gestation_crate. These torture chambers could legally hold a pig in such a position that they could neither turn nor lie properly /hog_gestation_crates.jpg for their entire pregnancy. This caused extreme stress to the pig and was said to ‘stop pigs fighting’. These barren and callous hells of solitary confinement have been outlawed, but the pigs have not been set free.

They were merely given a concession that turned extreme torture into torture. Pigs are still kept in tiny pens with other pigs and no enrichment whilst not pregnant and waiting to be forced to die, they are then brought into tiny crates for the final week of their forced pregnancy and for a month after giving birth. The piglets are taken form their mother at around 3 or 4 weeks of age Separation of mother and babies

It’s totally legal to treat pigs like this

Conditions in gestation and farrowing crates

 British Pig Farm farrowing crate

The reason for pigs being kept in these conditions is because in other incarcerated indoor environments, they often crush their piglets. However, in nature, they build a nest that shields the piglets and prevents them from being accidentally crushed. Farrowing vs natural
As that link showed, mortality rate in farrowing systems is actually higher than in nature. Therefore, there is no need to put them through the pain of a farrowing environment.

I ask you to sign this petition for these reasons, the only reason why these wonderful animals are caged is for profit. Corporations are treating these animals appallingly in so-called ‘factory farms’ and could not care less about their welfare. If this causes people to search abroad, ban the import of meat form pigs raised in these conditions.

I will be extremely grateful to all who sign this petition. However, with the greatest of respect, it will not be listened to.

Therefore, I have made a petition on the U.K. Governemnt site that urges the same action to occur, it is linked here and I urge all to sign https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/235309

Happy New Year and let's hope this year also brings some compassion for those who are not normally given it.

 

 

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